EARLY WARNING ALERT: RSC RELEASES NAGORNO KARABAKH SITUATIONAL ASSESSMENT
As part of its series of early warning alerts, the RSC released a brief “situational assessment” on March 13, 2014 offering concise analysis of reports of unusual troop movements in Azerbaijan, tr... Read News
NEW RSC PUBLICATION: “STRATEGIC SETBACK: ARMENIA AND THE CUSTOMS UNION”
Summary In a surprise development, on September 3, 2013, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian announced a dramatic “U-turn” in Armenian policy. While in Moscow, after being summoned to a ... Read News
NEW EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT REPORT ON TURKEY-ARMENIA
The European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs recently released a report from a joint meeting on September 18, 2013 focusing on “Turkey-Armenia Relations.” The meetin... Read News
NEW PUBLICATION OF NOTE: THE SOUTH CAUCASUS 2018 - FACTS, TRENDS, FUTURE SCENARIOS
The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) South Caucasus has recently published a new book with contributions from a number of prominent experts and analysts from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The 370-... Read News
RSC Calls for Greater EU Engagement in Nagorno-Karabakh
In a brief four-page policy memo, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) called for greater engagement by the European Union in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and issued a set of policy recommendations ... Read News
RSC COMMENTS ON IMPACT OF DOWNING OF CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT OVER UKRAINE21 July 2014
UKRAINIAN WEEKLY NEWSPAPER CITES RSC SENIOR ANALYST ON OUTLOOK FOR EURASIAN UNION18 July 2014
RSC SENIOR ANALYST ASSESSES IMPACT OF DOWNING OF CIVILIAN AIRLINER OVER UKRAINE18 July 2014
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As a leading think tank based in Armenia, the RSC conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives aimed at bolstering political and economic reform and conflict resolution in the broader South Caucasus region. The RSC strives to elevate political discourse and deepen civic activism while broadening engagement in the public policy process. In this way, the RSC partners with various actors and decision makers, including civil society, international organizations, the private sector, academia and state institutions.
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In partnership with the Civil Consciousness NGO, the Regional Studies center (RSC) hosted a focus group on 25 June examining the diplomatic history of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Mr. David Shahnazaryan led the discussion after a presentation of the diplomatic record of engagement of the OSCE through the early 1990s. The Civil Consciousness NGO (http://civilngo.com/am) is a youth-oriented non-governmental organization focusing on the promotion of young people's social, economic, spiritual and cultural development, with an emphasis on human rights, press freedom and the promotion of democracy and development in Armenia.
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Following the return to Armenia of an official Armenian parliamentary delegation that participated in a “Rose-Roth” seminar of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) in Baku, RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in a formal press conference on 20 June in the Armenian parliament. The Armenian delegation was led by Koryun Nahapetyan, the head of the Armenian delegation to the NATO PA and the Chairman of the Armenian Parliamentary Committee on Defence, National Security and Internal Affairs, and included Tevan Poghosyan, an opposition deputy and a fellow member of the Armenian delegation to the NATO PA, as well as Giragosian, who invited by the NATO PA as an independent speaker to present an analysis of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
The participants reported on the outcome of the NATO PA seminar, which was entitled the “South Caucasus: Challenges and Opportunities,” and, according to Mr. Nahapetyan, “the participation of the Armenian delegation in the seminar was extremely important” with the Armenian delegates “actively taking part in all of the debates, fully presenting their positions and views.”
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At the invitation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in the “Rose-Roth” NATO PA seminar in Baku from 16-18 June. Giragosian was invited as an independent speaker to present an analysis of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict at the seminar, which was entitled the “South Caucasus: Challenges and Opportunities.” The RSC director accompanied the official Armenian parliamentary delegation, which was led by Koryun Nahapetyan, the head of the Armenian delegation to the NATO PA and the Chairman of the Armenian Parliamentary Committee on Defence, National Security and Internal Affairs, and included Tevan Poghosyan, an opposition deputy and a fellow member of the Armenian delegation to the NATO PA.
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On 12 June 2014, the Regional Studies Center (RCS) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) convened a special public discussion/seminar entitled “NATO: Challenges and Visions.” The event was held in the Marriott Hotel on Thursday, 12 June 2014 from 16:00-18:00, and included presentations by Dr. Karl A. Lamers, the Vice-President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Deputy Chairman of the Defence Committee of the German Bundestag, and Mr. Koryun Nahapetyan, the Head of the Armenian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the Chairman of the Committee on Defense, National Security and Internal Affairs of the Armenian National Assembly.
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RSC Director Richard Giragosian provided a briefing on recent developments in Armenia and the broader South Caucasus region to a visiting group of students and facility members form the UK Royal College of Defence Studies on June 2, 2014. Giragosian offered an assessment of significant trends in regional security, with an added analysis of domestic drivers and determinants of Armenian foreign policy. The RSC Director joined Ambassador Traian Hristea, the head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Oleksandr Pavlyuk, the head of the Council of Europe office in Armenia, Carel Hofstra of Counterpart International and Ms. Genya Petrosyan from the office of the Armenian Human Rights Defender, or Ombudsman, as part of a larger panel briefing for the visitors.